Men’s soccer claims second seed in MASCAC tournament

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The Rams hosted MCLA on Oct. 31 in the regular season finale.

Prior to the start of action, the Rams honored three seniors in their Senior Day ceremony.

Forward Cory Cardeiro started all 18 games, scoring 13 goals, adding five assists and making first-team All-MASCAC in his senior campaign.

Defender Brandon Downey started all 18 games, adding nine shots on goal and making second-team All-MASCAC in his final season.

Forward Tyler Jack played in all 18 games and had one assist in his senior year.

The Trailblazers struck first, scoring in the 21st minute of the game. Anthony Basile gathered a feed from Edward Boateng and ripped it into the corner of the net to put MCLA up 1-0.

The Rams came right back just nine minutes later, in the 30th minute. Cardeiro headed a long cross from Kelvin Okyere into the back of the net, to tie it up, 1-1.

The teams went scoreless for the rest of regulation, forcing overtime.

Just nine minutes into overtime, Jeffery Braverman sent a long pass to the far post where Cardeiro was waiting to head it into the net to put the Rams up 2-1, ending the game.

Cardeiro capped off his senior day with two goals, including the game winner in overtime, while goalkeeper Josh Arno made eight saves. The Rams outshot MCLA 29-15.

With the win the Rams improve to 6-12 on the year, and were able to clinch the second seed in the MASCAC tournament.

After enjoying a bye through the quarterfinals of the tournament, the Rams will battle against Worcester State in the semifinals. The game will be played at home on Nov. 6.

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